Getting More For Your Money: How To Explore Maputo On A Budget

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Published 29 November 2017


Whether you’re looking for a quick two or three night trip to Maputo, or something a little longer, such as a five night stay, we have something for you. Once you’re there you will be able to fill your time with the beautiful beaches, exciting hotel and cruise entertainment, and local sights and attractions—all at a reasonable price (if you know where to go). That’s where we step in. Here are our solutions to a budget holiday in Maputo.

Cruise Entertainment
If you’re after real value for money, the five night Maputo, Portuguese Island & Pomene Cruise on the MSC Sinfonia will provide you with five nights’ accommodation, meals and entertainment on board. Along with the prestige and pleasure that comes with taking a cruise, you get to experience the opportunity of seeing not just Maputo, but the Portuguese Island and Pomene too. On board the ship you can enjoy theatre shows, bars and public lounges, live music and activities such as water games and group dances. On land, the cruise offers exciting excursions and adventures, and cultural and historical city tours (although these are not complimentary). Find out more about the MSC Sinfonia and this amazing deal, or get in touch with one of our travel experts today.

Hotel Entertainment
Serena Polana Hotel - spend your day by the pool soaking up the sun and enjoying cocktails, or choose from exploring any of the nearby places of interest. These include the Maputo City Tour Circuits, nightlife spots, Inhaca Island, the Maputo Elephant Reserve and the Swaziland Cultural Experience, to name a few. If time is of the essence and you’re looking for some downtime instead, visit one of the beautiful beaches, such as Macenta Beach or Bilene Beach, which helpful hotel staff will be more than happy to provide you with information on.

Hotel Cardoso - The Cardoso is the perfect springboard into Mozambican culture. Head north to experience the beauty of Northern Mozambique, or venture to nearby islands, or take a short drive into the CBD. The hotel also offers golf, fishing and boat trips, and for the ultimate budget-friendly activity, beach visits and a gorgeous pool to relax alongside as you lounge the day away.

Local Sights and Attractions
The Fort - built by the Portuguese in the mid nineteenth century, this fortress is a stunning little spot to visit. Inside its walls are a stunning garden with a quaint museum that includes remnants from the early Portuguese era. Its most famous attraction is the sealed wooden coffin of Ngungunhane – final ruler of the famed kingdom of Gaza.

Jardim dos Namorados - this lush park in Maputo is a wonderful destination for families. It has an entertaining playground for the little one, along with an inexpensive cafe, views over Maputo Bay and Pedalo rentals if you’re looking to explore the water in a less-conventional fashion than usual.

Walking Tours - the Maputo Walking Tour is a three hour introduction to Maputo and will ensure you see the city’s most important sites and landmarks, such as Praca da Independencia and Maputo Railway Station. A local guide will introduce you to true Mozambican culture and history, as well as delightful dining opportunities along the way.

There you have it, where you cruise, fly or self-drive to Maputo, and whether your stay is a long one or a short one, there is a plethora of things to try out in this interesting little city. Get in touch with one of our travel experts today to find out which deal is best for you, and where else you can go on a budget at the last minute.

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